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Brief description of site

Lytes Cary Manor has garden enclosures in the Elizabethan manner, dating to 1907-20 by Sir Walter Jenner. The gardens were restored in the 1960s by the National Trust in the Jekyll tradition. The house was once home to Henry Lyte, a medieval herbalist, and the gardens include a herbal border.

Brief history of site

A stone chapel was constructed in the mid-14th century, and a courtyard manor house developed around it. The house was completed in the early-16th century, but by 1835 was in serious disrepair. Sir Walter and Lady Jenner bought the site in 1907, and commissioned the architect C E Ponting to undertake the restoration of the surviving elements of the 16th-century manor, and to rebuild the north and west ranges in a sympathetic late 17th-century style. The gardens comprise a series of compartments and inter-related vistas.

Location information:

Address: nr Charlton Mackrell, TA11 7HU

Locality: Somerton

Local Authorities:

Somerset; South Somerset; Charlton Mackrell

Historical County: Somerset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 183 Grid Ref: ST533266
Latitude: 51.0368 Longitude: -2.66742


The site is off the A372 near the village of Kingsdon.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The house and garden are open daily except Thursday and Friday between March and October, from 11 until 5. The estate is open daily from dawn till dusk. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: manor house

Plant type/environment: herb garden

Site first created: 1350 to 1907

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 15

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